Tuesday of the 1st Week of Lent

Matt 6:7-15

The Lord’s Prayer

OTHER HOMILY SOURCES:

The first reading speaks about God’s Word to us, while the gospel gives guidelines for our words of God. Prayers are answers to God’s powerful Word which wants to change us, to bring us back in the path of justice, love and morality. Real prayer does not try to twist God’s arms. The prayer taught by Jesus is the best example. I pray first for God’s concerns that His Kingdom may come and spread and take over the whole universe. I pray that God’s will be done, not may will! S. Kierkegaard said: “Prayer does not change God, but it changes the one who offers it.”

Only then can I express my simple petitions, bread for today, forgiveness of my sins because I have already forgiven others so that the Kingdom can grow in me. For the future I ask only protection from the snares the evil one who tries constantly to keep me out of the Kingdom.\real prayer is concerned with God, not with me. Real prayer changes me. ( Fr. Rudy Horst, SVD Bible Diary 2002)

….Prayer should not be a piling of words and phrases and formulas so as to be heard and so as not to influence God to grant one’s petitions. One must pray, rather, in sincere and serious communication to God our Father. It is in this context that the Our Father has to be seen to be able to pray it more meaningfully.

At the outside, it manifests an intimate an intimate filial relationship between child and father. He is our Father and we are His children. The first part – with three petitions is a prayer that the Father’s power would establish in the world the same network of peace, unity and love that exists in God’s Kingdom. The second part – also with three petitions is directed to the concrete and basic needs of the believer: our bread, our debts and deliverance. One petition worth noting is that of forgiveness. This is central to Christ’s own teaching; that’s the reason why He came – to reconcile us with one another and with the Father. Is there perhaps someone in our life we find it hard to forgive? We ask Him to help us forgive one another. In the end, we ask that we be not put to the test and that we be delivered from the evil one. We ask Him that we be not tried beyond our strength. Now and then, and especially during the Lenten season, we pray and give alms and even fast. Our Lord, as shown in the preceding verses, endorses these practices only if they emanate from a free and festive communion with our Father. (Fr. Fred Mislang, SVD Bible Diary 2004)

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The Lord’s Prayer constitutes a multitude of themes applications that touch the very core of Christianity. First, it shows Christ’s proximity to the Father in terms of relationship and intimacy. His knowledge of the Father reveals His very identity. He invites us to join the intimate union between Him and the Father.

Second, it gives light into Christ’s mission on earth, i.e., preaching the Kingdom of God. Jesus longs for the kingdom of heaven to reign in our world. He came to us for this very purpose.

Have you pondered once that this prayer has been used by Christians ever since? How do you really pray the Lord’s Prayer? Has it brought you to greater goodness? (Frt. Loreto Estomo, SVD Bible Diary 2005)

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How do you pray? Some pray from a book; others pray the rosary; still others simply gaze at God in a worldless stillness or by using a mantra. Some pray kneeling, some pray sitting, others pray in the jeepney or anywhere. Others feel they have to be in a church, before a statue, in order to pray. People ask, “What is the best way to pray?”

In the gospel of today Jesus shows us that our God-image, our unique relationship with God affects the way we pray. He Himself prays in a very simple, intimate way, coming from His own love-relationship with God. When Jesus prays, “Abba-Father,” He is revealing His unique love for His Abba, His freedom to speak trustingly about His deepest fears and hopes, His faith in being listened to as the Beloved Son of God. He is showing us another face of God, other than King, Lord, Judge and Creator as presented in the Old Testament.

How do I pray? How do I image God in my daily life? A punishing, demanding God, always on the watch for every mistake made? Or a loving and caring Father full of desire for my happiness and wellbeing? Learning from Jesus, we can now look at God as our Father, and pray like a tiny child sitting on the father’s lap, secure in the assurance of being loved, trusting in the experience of being cared and protected no matter what, daring to whisper to Abba all our hearts’ desires, knowing that He will listen. We too can listen to Abba’s heartbeat and words of loving forgiveness for us, giving us the courage to forgive those who have hurt us. Then we can receive the gift of Jesus’ Spirit showing us how to be God’s Beloved One. This is Good News indeed! Each one of us has our unique way of praying, flowing from the way we relate to God. (Sr. Clarette, SSpS Bible Diary 2006)

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Our Father is a prayer of intimacy between Jesus and God the Father. We might have uttered this prayer a zillion times and yet have we really entered into the heart and mind of Jesus as to His relationship with the Father? For those who have issues with their earthly father, the prayer may not be as easy as it seems. Why did Jesus not pray Our Mother instead?

No statistics would prove that children are closer to their mothers than fathers. No statistics would prove that there are more dysfunctional father-child relationships than mother-child relationships. However, the inherent bonding of a baby in the mother’s womb would normally create a natural closeness. Among Filipino families, the father is typically distant, quiet and a disciplinarian. A child once asked his parents after making the sign of the cross: “Is the Holy Spirit a woman? If there is a Father and a Son, there must surely be a Mother?”

We all have desire for unconditional love especially from a mother or a father or both. Does this mean that unresolved issues with an earthly father will forever block intimacy with God as Father? The vacuum caused by lack of love will never be filled up with substitutes. The pain will always remain. Believe that God is enough. God has given us a beautiful self. There God dwells and loves us with the first love which precedes all human love.

Let us allow the prayer of Jesus (the Our Father) to transform us by His love so we can receive His affection in our whole being. It can be a prayer to find our way home where God as Father invites us: “I am your Father. Will you be my child? Come home to me. I will wait for you. Love….Your Dad.”

P.S. an invitation to open this website http://www.FathersLoveLetter.com for a scriptural love letter of God, the Our Father. (Sr. Elaine, SSpS Bible Diary 2008)

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A few days ago, I had to undergo a complicated eye operation. The good doctor had to work more than one hour on my right eye. And how I was praying! I could not pray the Rosary, not even the Our Father: I just murmured: Dear Lord, guide the hands of the doctor; do not let him make a mistake! These words I repeated in silence many times ‘til I finally quieted down. Why? I remember the gospel of Matthew, chapter 6 verse 7: “Do not use many words; your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.” Indeed, He does! So I remained silent for the rest of the operation and it was a great success!

Nothing against long prayers, but God listens to our short, silent prayers just as well, maybe even more. So let us speak to our heavenly Father in silence and He will listen (Fr. Helmuth Peter SVD Bible Diary 2015)

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February 16, 2016 Tuesday

Prayer has been described as wasting time with God. But prayer is more an act of participating in the plan of God.

In the light of today’s reading from Isaiah, we note the cosmic dimension of our prayer –God’s word, his creative Spirit, which he bestows on us, fulfills his purpose in the prayer that we return to him. Thomas Greene called his first book on prayer Opening to God, and the Irish American storyteller, Megan McKenna, describes prayers as “invitations, commands even, to alter reality radically, . . . doors left wide open so that the Divine can slip in at any time, move the furniture around, or empty out the house so that there is space inside us for God.”

In this prayer that Jesus taught us we relate to the Father, first recognizing our creatureliness, having come from him, then immediately afterwards, we acknowledge our part in the continuing process of creation: “Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as in heaven.”

Many think of prayer as asking God to provide for physical needs/wishes that cannot be satisfied through our own eff orts. However, in the Our Father it is only following our appreciation of our dependence on God that we ask to be given our daily bread.

We end by completely accepting our weakness and dependency on God, and asking not for things but for support in our lives. Bishop Ruperto Santos wrote, “In sum, what we really pray here is for strength, for his mediation and for his blessing for the rest of our life.”

Finally, Jesus commanded us to pray this, making it important. To be true human beings, we must pray the Our Father properly. All prayer, particularly the Our Father, is highly relevant to our lives. (Fr. Alan Meechan, SVD Naujan, Or. Mindoro Bible Diary 2016)

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GOD’S WILL IS THE BEST: Not so long ago someone approached me because her sister had a severe heart attack. In between sobs, she said, “Father, I do not know what to pray to the Lord. I do not know if I will pray that she get well or let her die because I know that if will ask the Lord for an extended life, she is going to suffer even more but I am afraid to pray that God take her away because I know that she has not gone to confession. I still want her to live so that we can show her that we love her but if she would live longer, we will incur more hospital bills and she would be just a vegetable. That is why I do not know if i would pray for her to get well or to be taken away.”

She momentarily stopped and then laughed and said, “Father, i am sorry for praying that way because very often I think God is a computer and my prayers are like computer keys that if i do not press the right keys, the graces will not come out from it.”

God is not like that. It is very clear from the gospel that we should simplify our prayers. Do not pray in such an elaborate manner as to ask the Lord to provide you a house and lot with toilet bath and Jacuzzi. We do not have to pray for specifics. We do not have to go into particulars. The best prayer is contained in the gospel today, “”Your will be done.”

“Your will be done,” because it is God’s will, it cannot be but the best for us. On the other hand, we can go on so elaborately with our prayers but if it is not God’s will, even if it happens, it amounts to nothing.

Let us just ask the Lord for a simple life, a simple life, faithful life. Let us simplify our prayers. Let us not make them too specific and too elaborate. The only thing you have to say is, “Lord, your will be done. If it is your will, it is the best. It is your will, it cannot be wrong.” (Socrates Villegas, Only Jesus Always Jesus, p. 197)

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GOD IS GOOD: You hear it time and again, and i think it will not do us harm to repeat it that that Our Father is the model of all Christian prayers. This means each time we pray, our prayer should follow the pattern of the Our Father.

It we listen very carefully and examine the Our Father we will see that the prayer is divided into two parts. The first part is in praise of the Father who is God. The second part of the prayer is still for God but the petition is for our benefit.

If we examine our prayers, we are bound to discover that our prayers are so different and so far from the model of all prayers which is the Our Father. We spend so much time begging the Lord for our needs, for our daily bread. We spend so much time asking the Lord to take away our weaknesses, our failures, to forgive our sins. And yet, we forget to praise God, to remind God that He is good. It is not because we are selfish. It is maybe because we are too pre-occupied with our needs.

When we tell God, ‘You are so good,’ when we tell God, ‘You are so holy,’ it is not because God has to hear that He is good. God has no need for such sweet words. God does not need that.  He knows them already. When we say that God is good, it is actually for our own benefit. It will do us some good to keep on saying that God is good. Each time we say that God is good, we become good ourselves because we are challenged by what we say.

People who forget to praise God, people who just ask and ask and ask are like people who go to the fast food stalls of Robinson after every Mass. People go there, pick their food, their meals but then forget who prepared them for us. That is what happens to us when we just ask and ask and ask. We might forget the persons who cook our hamburger, the persons who fried our French fries.. we might forget the cook behind the fast food counter. In the same manner, we might forget God who cooked all these graces for us.

Let our prayer be like the Our Father. There is nothing wrong in asking but before we ask, let us first say that God is good, God is kind, so i must be merciful. The good that we enjoy comes from God. (Socrates Villegas, Only Jesus Always Jesus, pp. 225-226)

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Reflection: How important is prayer to your life? If you have five things to do everyday, prayer must be included in that five. When we pray with our heart we allow the good Lord to nourish our parched spirits. Through our prayers we also invite the good Lord to come into our lives. And it’s through our preserving prayers that we slowly but surely develop our intimacy with Jesus.

In our gospel Jesus teaches us how to pray: Simple, short and direct. Our prayers must not beat around the bush. We must be frank, persevering and honest to Him for He knows what we need beforehand. We must always remember to go to Jesus in prayer with sincere and pure intentions.

For example, do we close our eyes when we pray the Our Father? Does this prayer make us sometimes cry when we pray it? Do we still kneel when you pray this prayer? These are all acts of piety that will help us have a more personal connection with Jesus. In this gospel, Jesus is reminding us also to re-examine our life of prayer. For we may be just praying for the sake of our prayer habit, without spirit and fire anymore. The best prayer is the Our Father for this is the prayer that Jesus taught us to pray.Thus, we must always pray this with our whole mind, Body and Soul. (Marino J. Dasmarinas)

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Not Saying But Praying. Lord’s prayer is one of the best known prayers in the world. Today there are 500 million people who can say that prayer, but very few ever learn to pray it. It was taught by Jesus to his disciples. It provided the golden key to the power-house of God. Learning to pray was the one, the only, secret they needed to know to carry the ministry after Jesus’ death.

Lord’s Prayer can be said in one quarter of a minute, just fifteen seconds. Even for a large congregation of people to repeat it slowly takes only half a minute. Yet Jesus would spend half the night praying that same prayer. Very few ever learn to pray it. The power comes, not in the saying, but in the praying of the prayer.

Charles Allen, author of ‘God’s Psychiatry” says, “Praying is not saying words. Words merely form the frame on which the temple of thought is built. The power of the Lord’s Prayer is not in the words, but rather in the pattern of thinking in which our minds are formed. When our thoughts begin to flow in the channels of the Lord’s Prayer our minds do become new, and we are transformed.”

Watchman-Examiner had this to say about Lord’s Prayer:

THE LORD’S PRAYER

I cannot say Our if I live in a watertight spiritual compartment.

I cannot say Father if I do not demonstrate the relationship in daily living.

I cannot say which art in heaven if I am so occupied with the earth that I am laying up no treasures there.

I cannot say hallowed be Thy name if I, who am called by His name, am not holy.

I cannot say Thy kingdom come if I am not doing all in my power to hasten its coming.

I cannot say Thy will be done if I am questioning, resentful of, or disobedient to His will for me.

I cannot say on earth, as it is in heaven if I am not prepared to devote my life here to His service.

I cannot say give us this day our daily bread if I am living on past experience or if I am an under-the-counter shopper.

I cannot say forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us if I harbor a grudge against anyone.

I cannot say lead us not into temptation if I deliberately place myself in a position to be tempted.

I cannot say deliver us from evil if I am not prepared to fight it in the spiritual realm with the weapon of prayer.

I cannot say Thine is the kingdom if I do not accord the King the disciplined obedience of a loyal subject.

I cannot say Thine is the power if I fear what men may do or what my neighbors may think.

I cannot say Thine is the glory if I am seeking glory for myself.

I cannot say forever and ever if my horizon is bounded by the things of time.

To the extent that we think the thoughts of Christ, to that same extent do we have the power of Christ. The king in Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” miserably fails in prayer. In explanation, he says:

“My words fly up, my thoughts remain below,

Words without thoughts never to heaven go.”

We, too, fail because our prayers are “words without thoughts.”

Meditation Thoughts: One of the reason Lord’s Prayer is so powerful is because it makes us look at our choices, beyond our goals to the final destination of the road we would travel.

This prayer gives us the inner strength which God gives to all who sincerely desire it. Sometimes, we give up in despair. We throw up our hands. We say, “What’s the use? I cannot do better.” But when we sincerely desire to rise above our limitations and look to God for deliverance a new inner strength becomes ours, a new spirit of confidence rises within us.

‘The biggest lie of the devil is that we have to sin. “After all, you are human,” he says, and thereby our high resolves are destroyed. We surrender and quit the struggle. One takes a very different view when he becomes acquainted with a power beyond human power. “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” That is a tremendously powerful truth, once we possess it.

Remember the story of the little engine climbing the hill. As it puffed and struggled it kept saying, “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.” Nothing is ever accomplished by the person who says, “I think I cannot,” or “It is beyond me.” Just to say, “I can,” is to gain immediate power. But to add two words and say, “I can in Him,” “I can in Him,” is to multiply your power many fold.

A psychologist performed an experiment recently to illustrate the power of positive affirmations. Three men tried their grip on a gripping machine that measures their strength of the grip, with no suggestion from the psychologist, and the average grip was 101 pounds. Then the three were hypnotized and the psychologist told each, “You cannot grip, because you are weak.” Under the power of that suggestion their average grip fell from 101 pounds to only 29 pounds.

With the three men still under the power of hypnosis, the psychologist told them to grip again, but this time he told them, “Now you can grip.” Their strength was five times greater when they said, “I can,” than it was when they said, “I cannot.”

When you study the lives of those we call saints, those who have attained unusual spiritual power, you will find their secret. They sinned, but they never surrendered to sin. They never accepted failure as final. They never ceased to look forward with confidence. They kept saying, “I can in Him.” As a result, the power of the God was added to their power. And what a combination!

The same power is available for any one of us. You may look into a past of shame and defeat, but you can look into a future of peace and victory. “Only believe, only believe all things are possible, only believe.” That is more than just a little chorus. It is the Christian faith.

What amazing confidence did our Lord have in us! C. F. Andrews reminds us of an old legend that tells us that when Jesus returned to heaven He was asked by an angel:

“What have you left behind to carry out the work?”

Jesus answered: “A little band of men and women who love me.”

“But what if they fail when the trial comes? Will all you have done be defeated?”

“Yes,” said Jesus, “if they fail, all I have done will be defeated.”

“Is there nothing more?”

“No,” said Jesus, “there is nothing more.”

‘What then?”

Jesus quietly replied “They will not fail.”

With a confidence like that as we face tomorrow, we can triumphantly declare: “For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.”

When we pray the Lord’s prayer with meaning, we see the complete victory of God in our own lives and our world.

1stholistic.com/Spl_prayers/prayer_lordsprayer.htm

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I Cannot Pray (author unknown):

I cannot pray “OUR”,
if my faith has no room for others and their need.

I cannot pray “FATHER”,
if I do not demonstrate this relationship to God in my daily living.

I cannot pray “WHO ART IN HEAVEN”,
if all of my interests and pursuits are in earthly things.

I cannot pray “HALLOWED BE THY NAME”, if I am not striving for God’s help to be holy.

I cannot pray “THY KINGDOM COME”,
if I am unwilling to accept God’s rule in my life.

I cannot pray “THY WILL BE DONE”,
if I am unwilling or resentful of having it in my life.

I cannot pray “ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN”,
unless I am truly ready to give myself to God’s service here and now.

I cannot pray “GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD”,
without expending honest effort for it or if I would withhold from my neighbor the bread I receive.

I cannot pray “FORGIVE US OUR TRESPASSES AS WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO TRESPASS AGAINST US”,
if I continue to harbor a grudge against anyone.

I cannot pray “LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION”,
if I deliberately choose to remain in a situation where I am likely to be tempted.

I cannot pray “DELIVER US FROM EVIL”,
if I am not prepared to fight with my life and my prayer.

I cannot pray “THINE IS THE KINGDOM”,
if I am unwilling to obey the King.

I cannot pray “THINE IS THE POWER AND THE GLORY”,
if I am seeking power for myself and my own glory first.

I cannot pray “FOREVER AND EVER”,
if I am too anxious about each day’s affairs.

I cannot pray “AMEN”,
unless I honestly say “Not MY will, but THY will be done”, so let it be.

But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your heavenly Father knoweth what things ye have need of before ye ask Him. [Matthew 6:7-8]

crmin.org/prayerguide/cannot_pray.htm

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Reflection: “Our Father in heaven”

Jesus is teaching us the right to pray. This is from the first part of the Lord’s Prayer as, “Our Father in heaven, hollowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven,” (v. 10). Thus, the first thing to do is to honor God. We must give unto God His proper and necessary praises. We must acknowledge His right place and His proper attributes. He is our Father. We belong to Him. He is for all. And the plural of pronouns “Our” and “us” are used. We must show reverence and respect to His name. We should never use His name in vain. There must be an ardent desire for us to be with Him. There must be a burning aspiration for us to reach His Kingdom. Loyalty and obedience are being asked from us. His will should be known, accepted and followed.

The second thing is to accept our limitations. This is to recognize our constant need for him. We are indeed dependent on him. Thus, we humbly ask for our daily sustenance as we pray, “Give us our daily bread,” (v. 11). We ask for the forgiveness of our sins (v. 12) and deliverance from evil (v. 13).

In sum, what we really pray here is for strength, for his mediation and for his blessing for the rest of our life. The prayer, which Jesus taught us, points to one reality: we need God in all aspects of our life. And truly God is there in our whole life: past, present, and future.

Now, if Jesus taught us to pray, how can we ever refuse to pray or grow tired of praying? How do we pray? Let us now pray in the manner Jesus taught us to pray.

Story: A young boy was trying hard to lift a heavy load. But he failed to lift it. He tried and tried. His efforts were all in vain. His father who was watching his son asked him, “Are you exerting all your strength?” The tired and perspiring little boy said: “Yes, I am, dad!”

The father replied, “No, you are not. You must ask me to help you!”

Challenges: I will never be hesitant to say the graces before and after meals especially when I am in restaurants. I will make it a point to pray even if I am tired or busy. I will pray especially when I am about to make serious decisions.

Make a list of persons for whom you must pray. And pray for them constantly. (Msgr. Ruperto C. Santos STL, Jesus Serves and Saves Us, Makati: St. Pauls, 2003:38-39)

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WHAT DO YOU NEED? – “Give us today our daily bread.” – Matthew 6:11

I vividly remember my short encounter with her during our prayer group’s outreach program at a government hospital. She lookedextremely shy when I first saw her. Shetried to cover her face with the pillow when I smiled at her. She remained silent when I asked for her name. I handed her a sandwich but she just stared at it. I showed her a book. She pointed to the side of her bed as if to say, “Just leave it there.”

I learned from a nurse that the young girl attempted suicide a few days ago. She refused to talk to anyone since her confinement. Then our leader announced that our outreach program was ending in a few minutes. I looked at the shy patient again. This time, her pillow covered only half of her face. She looked curious. I approached her bedside, closed my eyes, clasped my hands and said a short vocal prayer for her healing. I took one final glance at her. She smiled back. I realized that this young girl needed not a sandwich, a book or a Christmas carol. She needed a prayer.

God also knows what we need each moment. This is the reason why He teaches us to pray for our “daily bread.” He does not want us to worry about tomorrow. His love assures us that He will provide whatever we need at the moment we need it. Alvin Fabella (alvinfabella@yahoo.com)

Reflection: Do you take time to pray for the needs of others in the same way that you ask God to help you with your need?

Lord, thank You for providing for what I need each day. Amen.

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THE UNCONDITIONAL LOVE OF GOD – In today’s First Reading from the prophet Isaiah, I see the prodigal love of God. He makes the rain fall, to water the earth, to make it fertile. God says His Word will not return to Him without fulfilling what it was intended to do. Isn’t that mind-blowing? God is always faithful to His end of the bargain even if humanity is not. He is neither methodical nor calculating. He is not discriminating. He does not say, “OK. You ignore Me and My words. Why don’t I withhold the rain and the sun and let’s see if you will persist in your arrogance?” No! He will still give seed for him who sows and bread to him who eats. This is an image of the same God who lets His sun shine “over the good and evil as well” (see Matthew 5:45).

How consoling this is. God meets us where we are. He does not wait until we become good before He gives us His attention. Isn’t this what John in his first epistle reminds us? “In this is love: not as though we had loved God, but because he hath first loved us, and sent his Son to be a propitiation for our sins”(1 John 4:10).

Even as we are often indifferent, rebellious and disobedient, God plants seeds of His love in us with the hope that we will bear fruit, even if it will be a slow and arduous process.

God meets and loves us where we are. A little caveat here: This is not ajustification for complacency. God loves us where we are but He loves us so much to just leave us there. There is no need to be frustrated that we are so far from the state of perfection. What really matters to God is that we labor in the road to perfection. Wherever we are in our Christian journey, He will accompany us in the hope that we will progress and in His gracious time and in His gracious way, we will yield a fruit of a hundredfold, sixtyfold or thirtyfold! Fr. Joel Jason

REFLECTION QUESTION: Have you seriously done your part in your faith covenant with God?

Father, You are prodigal in Your love for us. I praise and thank You for that. Amen.

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February 16, 2016

REFLECTION: “Do not bring us to the test.”

As they stand in today’s gospel reading, these words do not make much sense.
First of all, the Greek text speaks here of peirasmos. This word can mean “test” (33 times in the New Testament) or “temptation” (21 times in the New Testament). Here it can hardly mean “test” because James (1:2-4) tells us that the testing of our faith is an excellent thing, certainly not something to be protected from.

Consequently, the text becomes “do not bring us into temptation.” But this makes no theological sense because surely God would not want to tempt us to sin, and so we should not have to ask him not to do such a thing!

The only valid translation for this sixth petition of the Our Father is based on the Hebrew meaning of the expression “bring” as equivalent to “make enter into, make consent.” With the negation (“do not”) placed at the right place, the request becomes something like this: keep us from giving in to temptation, do not let us give in to temptation, see to it that we do not give in to temptation—or some equivalent formula. This request makes perfect sense. We ask God to protect us from our abysmal weakness.

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